Cape Town, 10 June 2011 – The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), elected its first management committee at its inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently in Cape Town.
SAPVIA is a not-for-profit organisation representing national and international members, largely made up of developers, manufacturers and service providers operating within the Photovoltaic (PV) industry,
Chris Haw, co-founder and acting-Chairman of the association up until the AGM, as well as co-founder and director of Aurora Power Solutions, was elected as chairman of the association. The following members were elected onto the management committee:
- Gerrit Kruyswijk of the Industrial Development Corporation;
- Mike Levington from Kabi Energy;
- Davin Chown representing Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa;
- Vinni Bellini of Soitec Solar;
- Thibaud Vibert representing Tenesol Manufacturing and
- Rainer Nowak of Webber Wentzel as the legal representative.
At their first management committee meeting on Wednesday, the newly elected committee appointed Vinni Bellini of Soitec Solar as Vice-Chairperson, Gerrit Kruyswijk of the Industrial Development Corporation as Treasurer and Davin Chown of Mainstream Renewable Power as Spokesperson.
Since its inception in October last year, the association has been exceptionally active hosting workshops and engaging with key government stakeholders on a regular basis. SAPVIA played a crucial role in the inclusion of 8400 MW of PV in the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), and collated and submitted written comments to the recent NERSA REFIT consultation process, as well as presenting at the NERSA public hearings on the 6th of May this year.
“There is a tough road ahead of us and a lot of work to be done, but I’m honoured to be playing a pivotal role in the shaping of this industry,” says Chris Haw, the newly elected Chairman of SAPVIA. “We will continue to work closely with government to ensure the best approaches are taken to not only stimulate the growth of the industry, but also to ensure its longevity,” he said.